CyberFair Project ID: 7113

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International Schools CyberFair Project Narrative
Title: Creating The Beauty With Needles
Category: 8. Local Music and Art Forms

School: Andijan Access
    Asaka, , Uzbekistan

24 students, ages 15-18 worked together to complete this CyberFair project on March 8, 2012. They have participated in CyberFair in the following year(s): 2012

Classes and Teachers: Kayumova Hulkaroy,Begibaeva Nilufar and Erkaboyeva Saodathon, classes 1A and 1B

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Our School's Web Site: http://

Project Overview

1. Description of Our Community

Our selected local community are craftsmen who create a beauty with the help of needles i.e, people who produce traditional Uzbek skullcaps; researchers, secondary schoolchildren and teachers and ordinary people from our neighborhood.

2. Summary of Our Project

We are Andijan Access Microscholarship program students. With the help of our teachers we participated in International Schools CyberFair. The theme for International Schools CyberFair 2012 is 'Dream and Unite!' As Eleanor Roosevelt stated “The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” We also tried to dream and unite our local community with the global community with our project work named “Creating the beauty with needles”. Our selected local communities were craftsmen who created a beauty with the help of needles i.e, people who produce traditional Uzbek skullcaps, a researcher, secondary schoolchildren and teachers and ordinary people from our neighborhood. In our web site we want to tell about Uzbek head wear, skullcap. While working on this project we improved our English, we developed our IT skills and gained new skills such as sewing, decorating, working with cameras, interviewing and communicating with different people. We enjoy such kind of learning. It was easy and task-based. We had a goal and we tried to do our best to reach our goal.

3. Our Computer and Internet Access

A. Percentage of students using the Internet at home:less than 20

B. Number of workstations with Internet access in the classroom:none

C. Connection speed used in the classroom:dedicated connection

D. Number of years our classroom has been connected to the Internet:1

E. Additional comments concerning your computer and/or Internet access (Optional):

We don't have an internet access in our classroom but we use our teachers' laptops. We knew that to participate in this project we had to have an internet access but we didn't want to waste time. We wanted to try it.

4. Problems We Had To Overcome

As we told before we didn't have an internet access in our classroom. But we can use our teachers' laptops and modems. During this project we had a lot of technical problems: laptops, electricity and lack of knowledge of IT skills. Before registering in this project our teachers organize IT lessons for us in internet cafe.

5. Our Project Sound Bite

Our participation in this project is the sign that we exist, we can dream and be together with the world!

6. How did your activities and research for this CyberFair Project support standards, required coursework and curriculum standards?

Our project addresses local crafts; producing Uzbek traditional skullcaps. According to our education standards we have lots of themes connecting with future jobs and professions for the 9th grade students. Our students are at the age of choosing future professions so we think that this project can be helpful for them. 2 girls from our access classes learnt to sew flowers, to decorate the skullcap during this project. It means that they can have a part time job and support their families. While doing this project we learnt how to do survey among people, we did survey in our classes but we never practise it in real life. You should be sociable and talkative. We learnt how to communicate with different people. We learnt lots of interesting facts about our traditional skullcap and we learnt the process of producing it. We understood why old people say to create the beauty with needles. When we had Power Point Presentations at schools first we were afraid and nervous, then we got confidence and now we aren't afraid of doing presentation before large group. With our presentations we made clear to our audience that we should learn our culture and tradition in order to survive and to give those things to our future generation. We are proud of ourselves that we also put our share in this job. We think we proved that the Internet is the most effective and necessary way to join all people around the world. The Internet gave a chance for us to say the world about our culture, tradition and life of style. Learning with internet is so amusing and exciting. Most people say the internet spoils the children nowadays. We are against to this. We discovered to learn with internet is more interesting, funnier and easier.

Project Elements

1) What information tools & technologies did you used to complete your CyberFair project?

We used 3 laptops, 21 cell phones, 2 digital cameras, scanner. We went to libraries and country subject museum. We took information from encyclopedias, newspapers and magazines. We did oral interviews. With the help of laptops we used the internet, created our web site, with cameras we took photos and recorded the process of producing the skullcap. UzTEA (Uzbekistan Teachers of English Association Andijan branch) donated the over top projector for our presentations. We thought that was the most valuable tool. Because we didn't have a projector, it made our job easy. Laptops, cameras, cell phones and projector were helpful. Without them it would be difficult to participate in the project.First of all

2) In what ways did you act as "ambassadors" and spokespersons for your CyberFair project both on-line and in person.

First of all this project gave a chance for us to learn more about our tradition and culture and we had an opprtunity to share our learning with our local community. We talked to researcher, craftsmen and people around us.We learnt from them and shared our obtained knowledge with ur friends at secondary schools and their teachers. Uz TEA Andijan branch donated us with the overtop projector and that made feel us proud and confident. We observed some girls in our neighbourhood started wearing skullcaps after our presentations.The most interesting and valuable thing from our contacts with people was learning how to do research and developing our IT skills. We became good at computer.

3) What has been the impact of your project on your community?

We hope our project will make a difference. When we did our presentation at schools we sang songs about skullcaps and wore skullcaps and our national clothes. These things helped our learners to understand how they are important in our lives. We noticed after our presentations some youth started to wear skullcaps. When we had the presentation for English teachers and hem abot our project and of course about on-line learning Globalschoolnet they were so interested in it. We got positive feedback from them and they told us that they would like to participate in it in future.

4) How did your project involve other members of your community as helpers and volunteers?

During our project we worked with Saida Yusupova, local craftswoman who told us the process of producing of Uzbek skullcaps and taught our girls to sew and to press the skullcaps.We appreciate her work and we'd like to thank her.Another person was Abdurahim aka Mirzaahmedov linguist researcher who told us the history of Uzbek skullcaps and he taught us how to use information from encyclopedia.We are very thankful to him. While doing our survey we interviewed several people from our neighbourhood. We also want to say our thanks to them.

5) Discoveries, Lessons and Surprises (Optional)

We had lots of discoveries, lessons and surprises during our project. We discovered we can do a lot of things if we unite and work collaboratively.We mustn't be afraid taking risks and making mistakes.When you make mistake you'll learn something from your mistake. People around the world should know each other well and should be aware of anything which are happening around the world.The world is our Motherland. All people are responsible for our Earth. We should keep it for the future generation. It's our task. Surprises, of course when we got anything from our audience(it doesn't matter it's big or small sign or recognition) it made us proud and happy.


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